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At Home with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

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At Home with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

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An Online Strings Workshop

Spend an hour with five fabulous SFCO string player mentors and Maestro Ben Simon for a deep dive into Grieg’s Holberg Suite Praelude!

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Don't let staying at home stop you from improving your music skills! Amateur Music Network online workshops bring master musicians into your home to share their knowledge and expertise.

All you need to participate is a computer or other device connected to the internet.

To learn more about the workshop, visit our Workshop Information Page.

All ages and all levels of experience are welcome. NO ONE is turned away for lack of funds. Please contact us (info@amateurmusic.org) to apply for a scholarship or waiver of the registration fee.

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The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra is a tightly-knit ensemble comprised of the best musicians in the Bay Area.

Dedicated to prividing experiences of musical intimacy, the SFCO combines excellence with accessibility, and their full season of over 36 performances is admission-free, presenting classical, contemporary, and commissioned works to audiences of all ages and backgrounds around the Bay Area. "We’re different because we believe classical music is exciting, vibrant, and fun."

Music Director and Workshop Leader Ben Simon has performed for audiences around the world as violist of the Naumburg Award-winning New World String Quartet, the Stanford String Quartet, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic Orchestras.

A native of San Francisco, Ben began his conducting studies in the Bay Area with Denis DeCouteau, continuing at Yale College and the Juilliard School with Otto Werner Mueller and at the Aspen Music Festival with Dennis Russell Davies. Ben has led orchestras and contemporary ensembles in the United States and Europe, and conducted performances for the theater as well as soundtracks for major motion pictures. He has taught at Harvard and Stanford Universities and has been a member of the music faculty at UC Berkeley since 1998.

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